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2015 Annual Report

Academic Life, Student Life, Impact

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Our Story

Black Forest Academy (BFA) was founded in 1956 by TeachBeyond, formerly Janz Team Ministries. It is an international Christian school providing an English language education for grades 5-12. Grades 1-4 are part of a bilingual school, Christliche Schule Kandern (CSK).

BFA serves the children of international Christian workers and international business families who want a North American curriculum that incorporates a Christian worldview. BFA has an enrollment of approximately 340 students, with about 50% of the 9th-12th grade students in the residential boarding program.

The Black Forest region encompasses the southwest corner of Germany, with BFA located in the picturesque village of Kandern. The nearest cities to BFA include Basel in Switzerland, Mulhouse in France, and Lörrach and Freiburg in Germany. 

Core Values

  • Truth
  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Community
  • Evangelism through Partnership
  • International Perspective
  • Stewardship

School Operations

The school is operated by a board of trustees. The administrators, faculty, residence and support staff are international Christian workers assigned to BFA by TeachBeyond and other participating organizations.

Greater Europe Mission
International Mission Board (IMB)
OC International
RCE International
The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM)
Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA USA)
Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA Canada)
Wycliffe Bible Translators

Partner Schools

Christliche Schule Kandern

CSK offers bilingual programming for children Grades 1-4. It’s a partnership between BFA and Freie Evangelische Schule of nearby Lörrach, and is Germany’s first Christian bilingual school.
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Léman International Academy

LIA is a bilingual (French/English) international school in Geneva, Switzerland, with programming for children ages 3 to 10 years old.
 Go to LIA’s website

BFA is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Council of International Schools (CIS), and the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association (MSA). BFA is a member of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS).